Posted on August 3, 2023

After His Wife’s Accidental Death, a San Francisco Man Wants to Move Back to China

Han Li, San Francisco Standard, July 31, 2023

Ten years after he immigrated to the U.S. from China, Rongan Liang’s American dream has turned into a San Francisco tragedy, as he and his wife lost their house to a fire and she died only weeks later.

Liang’s wife, 63-year-old Yanfang Wu, was shoved to the ground and seriously injured near a Bayview bus stop in early July. She died two days later. The case has attracted considerable public and media attention as it was initially ruled as an accident and no arrest has been made.

Liang, a 72-year-old retiree and a monolingual Chinese speaker, is now alone in San Francisco with no direct relatives in the area. He wants to move back to China {snip}


The fatal push happened on July 3 at about 6:30 p.m. The San Francisco Police Department said Wu was walking on the sidewalk when she was approached from behind by an unknown female who pushed her, causing her to fall to the ground and hit her head.

On July 5, Wu died, and the incident was initially investigated as a possible homicide. However, sources within the police department said that the case was later ruled as an accident {snip}

The police identified, detained, interviewed and released a person of interest, but there is insufficient evidence to establish probable cause and make an arrest.


About three weeks after Wu’s death, amid criticism that the department was failing to handle the case properly, San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott stated that the investigation was ongoing.

“It’s not resolved,” Scott said at an event last week condemning violence targeting Asian elders. {snip}